11 Spencer Lane ♦ Annandale, NJ 08801 ♦ 908.832.7200

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“if you build it they will come”

  – Ray Kinsella, “Field of Dreams”

A photograph of the front of Hunterdon Preparatory School including the School Sign and motto: Hunterdon Preparatory School. Discover, Achieve, Succeed

BEGINNINGS

Hunterdon Preparatory School welcomed its first students in 1975.  Founded as Hunterdon Learning Center, the school’s early mission was to provide a learning environment for young people who were struggling in traditional school settings. The school was developed on the philosophies of education pioneers John Dewey and William Glasser, who promoted a variety of experiential learning techniques to help students reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.

BUILDING ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

In 2013, Hunterdon Preparatory School moved from its original location in rural Lebanon Township, to a more central location near Clinton, NJ. The new location provided a larger campus that allowed the school to grow in number of students and in the breadth of academic, elective, and extracurricular programs. The more central location provided students with opportunities to be involved volunteering and working at student internships in the local community.

CONTINUITY

In June of 2022, long-time Executive Director, Toby Loyd, retired from Hunterdon Prep after nearly four decades of leading the school community with his creative and sometimes non-traditional approach to education. He inspired us to believe in ourselves and in the possibilities that await us. He taught us that self-improvement comes from hard work and that perseverance in challenging times teaches us to be resilient. Toby instilled in us the importance of connection to a community and the responsibilities that come along with it.

The principles on which the school was founded continue under the new leadership of Interim Executive Director, Alisa Kopacz, who has nearly two decades of experience working with students at Hunterdon Prep. Alisa began her career at Hunterdon Prep in 2003 and has led the school’s counseling department since 2020. We look forward to all of the possibilities that await us under her leadership.

As we look ahead, Hunterdon Prep will continue to set the bar high for both the academic and personal success of its students. Through innovative programming, delivered by our highly skilled staff, every student will be able to discover their own potential and to unleash the best in themselves and others. One thing is certain, Hunterdon Prep. is poised for a bright and exciting future!

Upcoming Events

MAY
28

Senior class trips (5/28, 5/29, 5/30)

Start: May 28, 2024 End: May 30, 2024

Multi-Day Event

MAY
31

Junior & Senior Prom

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

JUN
3

Troupe class trip

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Recent News

Art throwdown
April 10, 2024

  Hunterdon Prep will have a team participating in this funfilled exciting art ...

students petting a small dog

On December 6th, HPS hosted its first therapy dog Meet and Greet event for students.&nb...

photo of dolls on a table
Holiday Hands 2023
December 1, 2023

Many, many thanks to our students and staff for generously supporting the United Way&rs...

clip art of a coat drive
Warm coat drive collection
November 22, 2023

WINTER COAT DRIVE ... sharing warmth, one coat at a time Today Hunterdon Prep studen...

two students with a puppy
Welcome back!
September 21, 2023

We are off to a great start at HPS!  There is a sense of optimism and hope filling...

painting of a river and trees
Paintings by Hannah L.
May 12, 2023

Hannah L. is part of our 12+ program and has been attending classes at Raritan Valley C...

Upcoming Events

Senior class trips (5/28, 5/29, 5/30)

Start: May 28, 2024 End: May 30, 2024

Multi-Day Event

Junior & Senior Prom

May 31, 2024 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Troupe class trip

Jun 3, 2024 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Games class mini golf trip

Jun 4, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Awards ceremony

Jun 5, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Kayak trip (Clinton)

Jun 7, 2024 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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908.832.7200 ♦ Fax: 908.832.9772 ♦ 11 Spencer Lane ♦ Annandale, NJ 08801
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HUNTERDON PREPARATORY SCHOOL IS A, not-for-profit, day school serving students between the ages of 12 and 21
 from over 40 school districts in New Jersey. We are located near the town of Clinton in west central NJ.

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HUNTERDON PREPARATORY SCHOOL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL
The Hunterdon Preparatory School provides educational services to applicants and employs personnel without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, economic or social background, or religious preferences. School programs and school related activities during the day and after regular school hours provide equal access for all students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, and national origin. Books, curricula, and other materials, course content, subject matter, and reading lists are reviewed for sex, race, and cultural bias. Materials are chosen to represent a wide range of opinions and suggested pupil activities.